By Sassy Cabot from the Read ’Em and Eat mysteries by TerrieFarley Moran
Hello everyone, it is good to see you again. Well you may not remember what today is, after all, who would? (Cady Stanton would of course—he loves arcane facts) Today, September 19th , is the anniversary of the day that the Continental Congress passed the first budget of the soon-to-be United States. This morning when Cady started babbling about the Continental Congressional budgets, I tuned him out instantly because it reminded me of the time Bridgy and I were battling over buying a new ice machine. (You may have followed the shopping and negotiating if you hung out with us in Caught Read-Handed.)
As the keeper of the purse for the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookshop, I assured Bridgy, who, as you know, is my business partner, that I did understand we would be in massive trouble if the ice machine died completely. Fort Myers Beach is in South Florida and it does get mega hot. But I kept hoping we could stretch the life cycle of our clunky, unreliable ice machine into the next fiscal year. Bridgy was totally focused on being forced to serve tepid sweet tea, soft drinks and lemonade to our customers if the current machine went completely on the fritz.
Fortunately Miguel, the café’s primo chef, sat us down with big bowls of ice cream and we ultimately came to a settlement. By settlement, I mean Bridgy won and we purchased a brand spanking new ice machine.
If you haven’t yet followed along with the ice machine adventure, or tried to figure out who murdered a not-so-nice volunteer at the local library, here is your chance. We are giving away a copy of Caught Read-Handed to one lucky commenter below. Just mention your favorite drink that tastes better with ice. Don’t forget to include your email addy in this format: name(AT)server(DOT) com to avoid the spam bots. Giveaway closes at midnight Wednesday, September 21st.